Support Church Divestment Efforts
The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice acknowledges the tremendous importance of calls from Palestinian civil society for tangible action to end the occupation of their land and Israel’s discriminatory policies. We encourage you to support the response of United Methodists and Presbyterians as they seek to pass resolutions this spring (UMC) and summer (PC-USA) to withdraw their church funds from Caterpillar, Motorola, and Hewlett-Packard due to their complicity in the Israeli occupation. They want their churches to stop profiting from the violations of human rights which these companies enable.
The Methodist vote is less than one month away and support is urgently needed. You do not have to be Methodist or Presbyterian to work on these campaigns (although it helps).
How to Support the Votes
#1 Volunteer to help pass these resolutions!
United Methodists and Presbyterians would be especially helpful, but really anyone can help in lots of different ways. Please:
- Fill out this survey to find out where you’d best fit in.
- Attend a briefing and training on April 4th at 5-6:15pm PST / 8-9:15pm EST by US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation National Organizer Anna Baltzer.
#2 Endorse the United Methodist resolution
Endorse the resolution as an individual or on behalf of an organization. All signatures are welcome. There is also a petition you can sign if you participate in services by the UMC General Board of Pension & Health Benefits.
#3 Sign a Letter of Support
Sign a letter supporting the Presbyterian divestment recommendation at as an individual or on behalf of an organization. This is a historic and welcome step to align the church’s words that advocate an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land with desperately needed action!
Rochelle Gause, Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
Anna Baltzer, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Emily McNeill, United Methodist Kairos Response
Sydney Levy, Jewish Voice for Peace